Hamels picked up his first win in n early a month by allowing just one earned run on five hits, no walks and eight strikeouts. Hamels threw 103 pitches—76 for strikes—with 22 first-pitch strikes to the 26 hitters he faced.
Going into the game hitters were batting .187 off Hamels following a first-pitch strike.
Hamels improved to 3-11 and lowered his ERA from 4.58 to 4.38.
The game was not without its dicey moments. Set-up man Justin De Fratus made it through the eighth despite allowing a pair of runs on three singles. That was good enough to get the ball to closer Jonathan Papelbon, who picked up his 17th save (in 21 chances) by facing four hitters in the ninth.
The Phillies trailed by two runs going into the fifth before scoring a run on Ben Revere’s single. They exploded for four runs in the sixth on a pair of bases-loaded singles from Kevin Frandsen and Carlos Ruiz.
Ruiz went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs and Ben Revere went 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Chase Utley had a double and a triple while Delmon Young continued his hot streak with a pair of hits.
The victory also helped the Phillies take two out of three at PNC Park. At 41-45, the Phillies are nine games behind the front running Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
And guess which team rolls into Citizens Bank Park for three games this weekend? That’s right, it’s the Braves.
Here’s how the pitching matchups lineup for the weekend:
Friday: Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.59) vs. Tim Hudson (4-7, 4.22) Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.59) vs. Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.69) Sunday: Jonathan Pettibone (4-3, 3.99) vs. Kris Medlen (6-7, 3.11).